Networks in the New Democracy: Internal Migration and Social Networks in South Africa

Holly E. Reed, Brown University

This paper uses discrete-time logit event history models and ordinal logistic regression models to investigate changing patterns and determinants of migration and the relationship between migration and social networks in South Africa, as it relates to the historical socio-political context. Using nationally representative survey data on migration among black South Africans (from the 2000 South Africa Migration and Health Survey), I examine how patterns of internal migration changed as the apartheid system ended and a democratic system of government began. I explore the key social and economic determinants of migration during different time periods, how migrant social networks changed over time, and differences in social networks for different types of migrants. Ultimately, this research contributes to a fuller understanding of historical changes in migration patterns in South Africa and contributes to the empirical literature on internal migration and social networks in transitioning societies.

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Presented in Poster Session 6